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  1. The last two eps got me quite mad. They seemed to have them doing things at the same time that needed to be done one after another. On the kids toys: You can't make a video about a product when you're still designing said product, and there's absolutely no point in doing market research with children if you're already at that same moment pitching said toy at the retailers. The whole thing was a joke designed to deliver daft products.
  2. I agree with this, but I think there is a misunderstanding that many people have that whatever UEFA, or FIFA, or the FA does can somehow be the 'right' response, or solve the problem. I was in two minds about what England did last night - my gut feels like they should have left the pitch just before half time and abandoned the match. It would have been a strong response, but at the same time, other people noted that if they had done that, all the talk would have been about when the match was going to be replayed - it would have muddied the focus. So maybe playing on, showing our cl
  3. I've been rediscovering my love for the nonsense that is the MGS series of late, kind of out of nowhere. In the process, I stumbled across a YouTuber - ThorHighHeels - who produced a series of videos going through the merits of pretty much every Metal Gear game ever made, including the handheld and mobile spin offs. I recommend watching from the second episode onwards - he's Dutch and has a style of delivery that's improved as he's got older, which is evident in this playlist. The last video on MGSV pretty much sums up how awesome but fucked up the whole affair is.
  4. Late to the party but, this. Unbelievable is easily the best thing I've seen on Netflix this year.
  5. A few of my faves from my trip to San Francisco earlier this year.
  6. Maybe I'm misremembering it but, I swear in series of old there used to be a good balance between smarmy twats who actually knew their stuff and dickish twats who were all mouth. The last couple of series it seems we have a domination of the latter, combined with the producers setting them tasks that they can't possibly hope to shine at. It's become a case of who loses less. "Put on a successful safari in two days!" "Go go a price for selling premium lollies without showing the buyer what the fuck they look like!" There has always been a massive element of "this is not
  7. Someone's been checking their Wordpress analytics. Not sure what sites you were reading. A few months back plenty were putting out multiple of editorials on it a week.
  8. Uhhh. No. The headline is tongue in cheek. I'm saying the whole thing is a mess, and the games press has to take responsibility for extending GamerGate's run for longer than it needed to because articles covering it were doing stupidly well page views wise. It's also not an article - tis a blog post. On my blog. Gonna talk about what I think in it, ya know. Hey, thanks man! I mean, known is better than unknown, right? It's, you know, a personal blog.
  9. Boyatsea


    So, had a crack at this today. Anyone visiting Manchester/living in the city, these are the ten places you need to get a brew: Bean there, done that: 10 places you need to drink coffee in Manchester - http://keithandrew.media/2014/12/12/bean-there-done-that-10-places-you-need-to-drink-coffee-in-manchester/
  10. The problem is, the tool they use to measure that success is one that can, in theory, be influenced if certain sites are courted. Would be much better to pin extra income on reaching some kind of sales tally, I think, if such a strategy is required.
  11. To be fair, a lot of that is probably to do with the fact I write for a B2B site. I know a lot of writers writing for consumer sites, but in my day to day work I don't tend to read them as much, so naturally the sites/writers I hold high tend to be the ones that I encounter the most. Sure - and I was one (perhaps stupidly) shouting about how daft some of MCV's coverage of GAME was during the chain's final weeks. At times, it felt like they were virtually doing GAME's PR for them. But, to be fair to MCV, it is there primarily to serve retail, so I suspect those at the top would argue they we
  12. Tbh, I wouldn't personally want to comment on MCV - it's a trade magazine with different boxes to tick and sectors to appeal to, and not typically standard of the industry. A lot of people read it, of course, but unless you're working in games retail - which is who it is designed to serve, rather than consumers or even developers - it's not really aimed at you. If we're talking about Intent's output in general, I think Develop does a much better job - editor Will Freeman is an incredibly passionate chap. I'm also a fan of the revised GamesIndustry.biz, and Keith Stuart on The Guardian is cons
  13. Well, I can't argue with that. And, for the record, I think a lot of the problems come from games journalism being flooded with too many gamers and not enough writers, if you know what I mean. There are a portion of people in the job who flaunt what they've got/who they've met/places they've been because they're here almost as fanboys being given a guided tour. It's important to have a knowledge and, hopefully, a passion for what you're writing about, but it is first and foremost a writing job, and that isn't always the case with everyone. Thankfully, these folks are in the minority in my boo
  14. Yeah, Lauren aside, a lot of those tweets are taking the piss, right? They're not being entirely serious - that's not just me that sees that, is it?. I don't know the guy, but I also suspect Joel Gregory's reply to my article telling people to "shut up" was half frustration, half joking. I don't think he was actually telling everyone to shut up in spite. Sure, he didn't shove an obligatory winky on the end of his tweet, but I certainly didn't read that part as him being serious. I can only speak based on what I've experienced, of course, but I haven't seen much of that. In my work, any 'pe
  15. Nah - I wasn't talking about any posts in here, but rather the way some journos/editors have tried to lead the debate in a different direction outside of this forum. Indeed. Folk seem to have got caught up in the hype and lost sight of what actually happened.
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